Arrested in connection with incident that shut down Baltimore production of Natalie Portman’s upcoming Apple TV+ project Lady on the Lake. However, questions remain about inconsistencies in the story about what happened on set.
The Baltimore Police Department told Yahoo Entertainment on Tuesday that officers were called to the Endeavor Content production set around 4 p.m. on August 26 “regarding a crew member.”
“Preliminary information indicated that a crew member received a verbal threat of violence from an individual who allegedly also brandished a firearm,” the department said in a statement. “At the time, filming stopped for a lot of attention.”
Upon investigation, detectives determined “that a local street vendor was upset that he had not been compensated by the production for lost business as he was unable to operate his clothing business while the crew was filming on location.”
Officers later identified the seller as Keith L. Brown, 43, of Pikesville, Md., who was arrested Aug. 29 on drug charges.
“Brown advised detectives that he had spoken with a crew member and a security manager and was awaiting paperwork to receive compensation for the lost business on August 26,” the department explained.
Detectives continue to interview people during their ongoing investigation.
When production wrapped on Friday, police had said producers were threatened by locals who wanted $50,000 to continue filming.
“Production leaders decided to make a mistake and reschedule the shoot after finding another location,” said department spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy. Los Angeles Times.
According to the incident report provided by police on Tuesday, they were called after a crew member reported that people had pointed a gun at another worker, a driver, while demanding money to continue filming. While the crew member initially said he had seen the gun, he later said only the driver had seen it. Someone else, with the security team on the set, initially said the attackers wanted $4,000, but then said it was $50,000. An officer later found that the victim’s “memory changed during the course of the investigation.”
Endeavor Content did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
However, on Monday, the company gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Friday afternoon, on the set of our production in Baltimore Lady on the Lake, prior to the arrival of the cast and crew … a production crew driver confronted two men, one of whom brandished a gun at our driver and then fled the location. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department as the investigation is ongoing. The safety and security of our crew, cast and everyone who works on our productions is our highest priority and we are grateful that no one was injured. Production will resume with increased security measures in the future. It was a privilege to shoot Lady on the Lake in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community in many areas.”
Lady on the Lake is a limited series based on Laura Lippman’s 2019 crime novel of the same name, which is inspired by two disappearances in 1960s Baltimore. Portman plays Maddy Schwartz, a bored housewife who chooses to leave her husband to become a crime reporter .